"A ripping yarn, based on an unsolved FBI case, that shimmers with the enigmatic grandeur of a fairy tale... jaw-dropping twist... compelling dialogue."The Washington Post
"A ripping yarn, based on an unsolved FBI case, that shimmers with the enigmatic grandeur of a fairy tale... jaw-dropping twists... compelling dialogue."The Washington Post
Two-Bit Taj Mahal Script
In New Liberty, Missouri, a contemporary American Midwestern farming townetotal population a little less than five hundredethe townspeople have been having a series of agitated meetings on what to do about Clay Bayliss, the region's dangerous loner-bully. The charges are that Clay's been stealing livestock, burning barns, picking fights, making menacing phone calls, molesting women, and, recently, has taken at least one full-on shot at a citizen, all the while repeatedly and skillfully evading the law. There are crimes, but never any witnesses. As the townspeople inexorably move toward a decision, Sally Faye Redmond, a charismatic young drifter, shows up from nowhere and captures Clay in an intense love affair. Unwilling to be just another woman in his life, Sally demands Clay give her a gift no man has ever given any woman before. Just as Clay transforms under her influence and is about to give Sally a truly magnificent giftea northwest Missouri Taj Mahalethe townspeople, under extreme duress, make their decision. This is a story of lives that are fierce, urgent, sexy, turbulent, and yet touched by humor and grace. Unit set. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes.